- New mandatory public health measures in effect April 6.
- Get vaccinated: Everyone 40+. Many 16+ with health conditions. Walk-ins for AstraZeneca.
From the Associate Minister
When young Albertans are struggling, parents and caregivers can be at a loss as to how to help. Confidential 24/7 mental health supports are available.
Pandemic fatigue is being experienced by many people. If you are feeling stress, anxiety or sadness during this challenging time, you are not alone.
Alberta’s addiction response
- Alberta’s addiction care system includes prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services. Learn more about the range of addiction care options.
- The Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322 provides support, information and referral to services. The confidential, toll-free line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Opioid data helps us better understand the opioid crisis in Alberta and make informed, strategic decisions about how best to support individuals experiencing addiction.
Supporting the mental health of Albertans
Addressing the impact of COVID-19
- Online resources and virtual supports have been enhanced, including Kids Help Phone, the Mental Health and Addiction Help Lines, the Crisis Text Line Alberta, and 211 Alberta. This also includes launching Togetherall, a free, online network offering anonymous peer-to-peer mental health services.
- The Mental Health and Addiction COVID-19 Community Funding Grant Program is supporting community organizations to provide mental health and addiction recovery supports and services.
Alberta’s budget is focused on protecting lives and livelihoods, investing in health care, preparing for recovery and spending responsibly.
Provincial funding helped jack.org and Kids Help Phone create the Alberta COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub.
Available province wide, Alberta Health Services uses telehealth technology to provide treatment for opioid use disorder.
Residential addiction treatment providers in Alberta must be licensed in accordance with the Mental Health Services Protection Act.
Minister Luan was elected as Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Calgary-Foothills on April 16, 2019. He previously served as an MLA for Calgary-Hawkwood (2012-2015).
Married to his wife, Ms. Fengying Zhang for 34 years, Luan has two daughters. Graduating from the University of Calgary with a Masters of Social Work in 1990, he has dedicated his career to public service, promoting healthy families, strong communities and economic prosperity. He served in a variety of roles in provincial and municipal governments including as a child protection worker, a social planner, a manager and as a senior counsellor.
Luan has also managed funding for nonprofit social service agencies for over 20 years. He co-chaired the Immigrant Sector Council of Calgary (2006-2012) and served on the Calgary Council on Mental Health and Addictions from 2017 to 2018. He is proud to have made a difference in many lives throughout his professional services and community volunteering, and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for community services.
Jason Luan was appointed as the Associate Minister for Mental Health and Addictions on April 30, 2019. His extensive experience in working with those suffering from addiction makes him uniquely positioned to handle the key commitment to address the opioid epidemic in Alberta.